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William Allen - Liz Uttley - Claire HobsonYour Boxmoor Candidates for the 2nd May 2019 local elections

William ALLEN - Liz UTTLEY - Claire HOBSON

What made you want to stand for council?

William: I am frustrated with the way the Council take decisions, particularly about Boxmoor. Too often, the Council pays consultants to draw up plans without asking the people who live in the area about the ideas.

Liz: Ever since I settled in Hemel I've been trying to find ways that I could do more for my community, but with two young kids I never seemed to find the time. After my youngest started at school I decided to get involved with the Lib Dem's and when I finally turned up to my first meeting the people were so enthusiastic that I couldn't have been happier that I did. Although the challenges we face today often feel out of our control, the warmth and encouragement of the Hemel Lib Dem team made me think that I could, after all, make a difference. I decided to stand because once I realised that I could help, I felt compelled to try.

Claire: I am running for Dacorum council because I am concerned about the quality and transparency of the decision-making process in our council that is heavily dominated by one party - the Conservatives. I want the Council to make better use of consultations with local residents and show more respect for local people's views.

A little bit about each candidate

William Allen: William has lived in Boxmoor with his family for over 20 years. He has worked with Herts County Council and local charities - including a specialist youth counselling service. He served as Governor at Hemel Hempstead School for four years, and also coaches at Boxmoor Cricket Club. In his spare time, he organises the charity quiz at 'the Patch'. He has actively participated in the consultations on the Hemel Gateway and Two Waters plans, and successfully petitioned against the Council's absurd parking proposals for St Johns Road. More recently, he contributed to the successful campaign to resist the even more absurd proposals for the closure of Fishery Road.

Liz Uttley: Liz is a local mum with a young family. She grew up in Dunstable, and moved over the border into Hertfordshire in 2009, after completing her studies and professional education. She has a masters degree in Physics from University College London, and her fascination with atmospheric physics lead her to gain a PhD in this subject in 2008. After having her second child Liz decided to became a stay-at-home parent in order to make the most of the early years with her two children. However, with both of her children now at school Liz has the time and energy to devote to making a difference in Hemel Hempstead, and is keen to speak up for the people of Boxmoor.

Claire Hobson: Claire has lived in Boxmoor for 22 years, went to John F Kennedy School and got married in St Mary and St Joseph's church on St John's Road. Claire has over 20 years' experience of policy making and working with politicians in business and trade roles. She was an advisor to Vince Cable and Jo Swinson during the coalition government on issues such as employee ownership, modern slavery, human rights, women on boards and corporate social responsibility. Claire now works for a national charity that improves patient care by providing specialist training for doctors, whilst also studying for a Masters degree in Business Psychology.